Cops: Man dealt heroin for months
A man allegedly dealing heroin at a Pear Park home, which was under surveillance this week by drug cops, told arresting officers he was “helping people” while several of those same people claimed they had been buying daily doses for months, according to court records.
This, as data tracked by the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office suggest heroin-related prosecutions are declining this year after a sharp jump in 2012.
Kyle Lambert, 22, was jailed on $50,000 bond following his arrest in the predawn hours of Wednesday after officers with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 3162 Pelton Drive.
Entering the home around midnight Wednesday, officers observed Lambert was among three people in a bedroom, where several hundred hypodermic syringes were found along with a digital scale, scraps of tin foil and small amounts of heroin, according to Lambert’s arrest affidavit.
Lambert told officers he’s an addict and eventually admitted dealing heroin. The affidavit said one of the men in the room acknowledged he’d been a customer of Lambert’s for approximately two months and had been buying as much as a half-gram per day of heroin from him.
Hours before officers entered the home, around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Gary Walker, 27, and David McCombs, 27, were arrested on suspicion of heroin-related felony possession charges nearby in Clifton after a traffic stop at 493 Green Acres St.
The multiple heroin-related arrests in less than 24 hours in Mesa County belie statistics from the District Attorney’s office predicting a sharp decline in heroin cases for 2013. Through April, the DA’s office was projecting 12 heroin filings, down from 40 in 2012, according to analysis provided by the DA’s office.
The 2012 totals marked a five-year high for heroin cases in Mesa County.
Mesa County Coroner Dr. Dean Havlik said they’ve worked one heroin-related death in Mesa County so far this year. The county saw one fatal heroin case in 2012 and one in 2011. The cases involved two men and one woman ages 30 to 37.
Heroin-linked deaths, though, are dwarfed by other drugs.
“Usually these cases involve multiple drugs, primarily prescription-type painkillers along with methamphetamine,” Havlik said.
Meth criminal cases in Mesa County are growing as heroin appears to be falling off.
The DA’s office through April was projecting 378 meth-related filings in 2013, the most in six years in Mesa County. Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said the jump may be attributed to April’s takedown of an alleged 36-member drug organization. Yearly projections are likely skewed as a result, he argues.